|The Interactive Online Magazine for Groundsmen and Greenkeepers|
| At the end of October, whilst we were enjoying a bit of an
Indian summer, some forecasters were telling us that this could be one of
the coldest winters for some time – and it will be interesting to see if
the predictions come true. Our forecasters at BWS are more sceptical so
let's see who's right.|
Presently courses and pitches around the UK are suffering in this the first clutches of winter weather, even those venues fortunate enough to have pitch covers and under soil heating are being tested to the limit.
For Greenkeepers in particular this is a very difficult time. Pressure from club members can sway them into opening a course against their own professional judgment. If there is frost in the surface, close the course, that is the only sensible decision to make. Playing on frozen grass will cause significant damage which will be costly in the long term. While I'm on this subject, can I ask why Greenkeepers don't use frost protection covers for their greens, I was talking to a supplier of covers this week and asked him the question. It isn't a large expense and the benefits would certainly save significant damage, while keeping the greens open for longer. If you're interested in this please let me know the size and number of greens (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll arrange a price.
If any Groundsman or Greenkeeper needs any support in justifying their decision to close courses or sports facilities because of frost, take a look at the article on the subject on the Pitchcare site, and refer any pressuring club member to us.
The job is difficult enough without interference from self appointed know-alls. To keep abreast of the weather then see our independent forecaster news from John Kettley and Jim Dale or visit the weather section of Pitchcare.
This means that Osprey’s wide variety of water management equipment, including the latest sprinklers, valves and control equipment from Toro, Nelson and Hunter, along with pipe and fittings for both PVC and MDPE systems is now available at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
In addition to their irrigation catalogue, Osprey are offering their full range of aeration and fountain units, which over the last few years have been installed the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. These units offer a practical, safe, chemical free and visually stunning solution to all types of water quality dilemmas.
Managing Director of Osprey Jon Jinks said “More and more of our customers now have access to the internet, we felt that the time was right to recognise this fact and allow direct routing through to our full catalogue of products. This comes at an exciting time for Osprey, following extensive expansion into waste water recycling via our new ‘Bio-Series’ wash down units and the addition of numerous related products, such as our ‘Strikeguard’ lightening warning system and new range of fixed drinking fountains and water coolers.”
These new units are available along with the complete Toro range of Golf, Sports Field and Landscape irrigation products on the Pitchcare shop, simply follow the prompts and click onto the Osprey section.
Visit Osprey’s new online shop and judge for yourselves.
We have enlisted the support of the eminent Professor Bill Adams (former Head of Institute of Biological Sciences at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the author of many books and technical papers) and the Awards sponsor, Syngenta, to provide a new and exciting competition not only for Pitchcare members but also for students currently attending colleges and universities in the UK.
The Bill Adams Literary Awards will give students and Pitchcare members the opportunity to submit a written piece of work on any subject relating to the sports turf industry. Winning entries will be published on the website and in the Pitchcare magazine.
Entrants are invited to submit a written article of between 1000-1500 words. You may enter the Awards as a Student or as a Pitchcare member.
Syngenta, kindly sponsoring the Awards, is providing some fantastic prizes.
The student who, in the opinion of the judges, produces the best article will receive a brand new Laptop Computer.
The best article submitted by a Pitchcare member will win a European weekend break for two valued at £500.
Books will also be awarded to commended college entries.
Pleased to be asked by Pitchcare to endorse these literary awards, Professor Bill Adams said, “The written word is the prime resource for historical record and a most valuable means of communication. In the fields of education and science in particular written documents are especially advantageous because a reader can move at his own pace to absorb, digest and also revise information."
For further details click here - Bill Adams Literary Awards.
Funding for Sport - For many sports clubs the opportunities for development are restricted due to the lack of finance. However, money is available, but the key is knowing how to get it. Eligibility criteria, the process, tips and advice, a case study, plus contact details of all the funding agencies in the UK can be found in this one article. Read article.
Essential Management Skills Course -Following the excellent take up of places on our new 2-day management course, we're pleased to announce that the next course will be held on Thursday 12th January and Thursday 12th April 2006 at Leicester Tigers Rugby Club. Delivered by trainer and careers counsellor Frank Newberry, this course is aimed at helping those in a supervisory or management position to acquire a range of vital management skills and put them into practice successfully in the workplace. The cost is £239 + vat per person. Places are limited to 12 per course. For more information, and to book online, click here.
Just this time of Year? - The autumn and early winter periods are a curious time in the weather calendar, and especially so now that we have global warming added to the mixture. When I was a kid, November seemed to be forever cold with frosts and fog commonplace – now it appears to be an extension of October, with rain, wind and sunny/mild days vying for supremacy. Does my memory serve me right or have things really changed? Jim Dale, Senior Risk Meteorologist with British Weather Services gives the reasons. Read article.
Mixing it on the Golf Course - A discussion on the significance of grass seed mixture formulation for golf greens with Barenbrug’s Jayne Leyland. Many Greenkeepers still choose a mixture of fescues and bents for overseeding golf greens. This may be because the original greens were sown out with that particular specification, or it’s perhaps difficult to apply bent grasses as a single species because the Greenkeeper’s current equipment cannot be calibrated to apply very small bentgrass seed at low rates – the fescue seeds in the mixture merely acting as a ‘carrier’. Are they doing the right thing? Read article.
Slovenian Greenkeepers Association Conference - Attended by Pitchcare, the conference, now in it's seventh year, brought together a varied and interesting package of guest speakers from all corners of the sports turf industry. There was also a visit to Ptuj golf course, one of only 8 courses in Slovenia. Read article.
Frosty Golf - This winter many greenkeepers will be under pressure to keep their courses open, regardless of the weather conditions. Playing on frozen ground can do untold damage. Information on the consequences of playing on frozen grass, plus some interesting reponses on members' experiences. Read article.
Bournemouth Bowling Greens - Chris McMillan is the Operations Officer for Bournemouth Borough Council. His responsibilities include bowling greens, numerous football and rugby pitches and Green Flag awarded Parks within the Borough. Chris and his staff have transformed the quality and playing characteristics of their bowling greens by an aggressive de-thatching programme, implemented since the purchase of a Graden Scarifier in 2002. Read article.
David Golding, GTC education director, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the education element of Harrogate Week. Whilst people might think that the BIGGA turf management exhibition and education programme is just for greenkeepers, I would recommend that employers consider attending because there are many workshops and seminars to benefit from.”
For further information on the above and to register for seminars and the exhibition, visit www.harrogateweek.org.uk or contact BIGGA directly on 01347 833800.
The National Turfgrass Foundation Conference - The Conference runs from 5th to 8th December 2005 and is being held at the Hilton Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool.
The format of the Conference will provide the high quality of advanced education that it has become recognised for. World renowned speakers consisting of agronomists, consultants, researchers and top-class turf managers will share their know-how and experience to provide a unique blend of technical excellence and informal discussion on pressing and topical problems facing the turfgrass industry.
The NTF and its sponsors have always created a relaxed, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere that encourages plenty of dialogue between all parties and Blackpool promises to be an ideal venue to further its aims. It certainly brings fun to learning.
For further information, contact Martyn or Louise on 01995 670675 or email NTFoundation@aol.com.
New to the Shop are:-
Chelwood Rakes, a name synonomous with quality.
Safety Clothing, from safety boots to protective suits.
Rubber Crumb Pitch In-fill, for natural grass or synthetics.
Outdoor Furniture, litter baskets and benches.
Ropes and Strings, from tow ropes to boundary ropes, string lines and even tarpaulins.
All these can be viewed and purchased online via our secure server. To see the full range of products, including our winter best sellers - Water Removal Machines and Frost Covers - click on the Pitchcare Shop.
SISIS Multislit MS/4 - £375.00 . 4 ft deep tine outfield/sportspitch aereator tines 80% , c/w rear roller, excellent condition private school sale, no Vat
Ransomes Super Certes 61 - 10 blade cylinder mower. 2005 model As new/ex demo condition. Less than 2 hours work from new. C/W Collector box. £ 2400.00 + vat (private sale)
Iseki 530 tractor - 30 hp 4wd with turf tyres. Manual gearbox with left hand forward/ reverse shuttle. Approx 3000hrs. Good general condition but paintwork on cab a bit tatty. Delivery by arrangement. Located Berkshire. £3700.00 + Vat
Richard Long Ltd Flail mower - £1250.00 + vat. This was manufactured by Richard Long Ltd. It is an outfront Flail attachment for an Iseki/ransomes/ possibly JD ride on mower. The flail is in excellent condition, hardly used, with a few small scuff marks. The buyer will need to collect the mower, or we can possibly arrange delivery, at an agreed price, depending on distance.
To view the full list of Used Machinery on offer, click here.
Greenkeeper - The Richmond Golf Club. We currently
require an Assistant Greenkeeper for our prestigious 18 hole course. The
successful applicant will posses NVQ 2 or equivalent, spraying
certificates would be an advantage, any chainsaw experience and a minimum
of 3 years work experience. The candidate will also have a positive and
progressive attitude to their work and be able to maintain high standards.
Salary is negotiable, overtime is paid, staff uniform and meals
Head Groundsman - Racecourse, Scotland - Due to retirement this independent racecourse is looking to appoint a Head Groundsman to lead its existing team. The course is a progressive dual-purpose racecourse with plans for major redevelopment in 2006, which includes the installation of a floodlit all weather track. Ideally you will have had experience of working within a racecourse environment, be an effective leader, good communicator and team player.
Southern Area Sales Manager - Lloyds and Company Letchworth Limited is one of the UK’s leading manufactures of professional grass cutting and turf care equipment. We are seeking to recruit a Southern Area Sales Manager to promote the increasing range of Lloyd’s products, via its direct sale organization to its current users whilst further developing the customer base.The remuneration and benefits package will be commensurate with the position. Experience of professional grass cutting and fine turf machinery would be an advantage.
Contracts Manager/machine operator - Experienced machine operators required to further expand the Turf-care Contracting operation of Boughton Turf Management. Based at Iver Heath in Bucks and covering the Home Counties. Experience on Golf courses and sports fields essential. Excellent rate of pay with other fringe benefits associated with this dynamic company.
To view the full list of jobs on offer, click here.
Are you looking for staff? On the Pitchcare website we have a number of qualified and experienced Groundsmen and Greenkeepers seeking alternative employment.
To view the complete list click here.